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xPROPAGANDA The Heart Is Strange (2022 UK/EU limited edition 8-track Red Vinyl LP, one of the first 1000 copies complete with a double-sided Art Print - four decades on from the legendary ‘A Secret Wish’, ex Propaganda members Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag are back as xPropaganda, reunited with original producer Stephen Lipson. The trio have unveiled a new album that’s conceptually and sonically the follow-up-that-never was to theirmid-‘80s classic. With dramatic beats and magical soundscapes offset beautifully by Claudia and Susanne’s expressive, passionate vocals, evoking the spirit and passion of the original Propaganda whilst sounding effortlessly contemporary. Picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed).

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XPropaganda The Heart Is Strange - Red Vinyl + Art Print - Sealed UK vinyl LP album (LP record)
Tracklisting / Additional Info: Red Vinyl Edition + 1000-only Limited Art Print

Formed originally as a trio in Dusseldorf, West Germany in 1982, Propaganda emerged from that city’s thriving post-punk avant-garde music and arts scenes. Founding members included vocalist Susanne Freytag, established industrial musician Ralf Dörper and visual artist Andreas Thein, later expanding to a five-piece with the addition of classically trained musician Michael Mertens and a second vocalist also from the Dusseldorf scene, Claudia Brücken.

Propaganda’s startling, pioneering electronic sound swiftly caught the ears of various members of the UK music press and BBC radio legend John Peel. After hearing the band’s music on Peel’s late-night show, they were swiftly signed to producer Trevor Horn’s newly established ZTT by journalist-turned-A&R-man, Paul Morley. As one of the ‘holy trinity’ of ZTT’s legendary founding acts – alongside Frankie Goes To Hollywood and The Art Of Noise – Propaganda exemplified the mid-‘80s zeitgeist for beautifully crafted, sonically thrilling, boundary-pushing pop music.

The band’s debut album ’A Secret Wish’ arrived in 1985, hot on the heels of two of the era’s standout electronic singles – the sinister, propulsive powerhouse ‘Dr Mabuse’ and the shimmering pop-art meisterwerk ‘Duel’. Produced for ZTT by Stephen Lipson (whose credits to date also include Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer, the score to the latest James Bond film ‘No Time to Die’) it was a perfect summation of the band’s journey, as well as a perfect soundtrack for 1985 and a perfect representation of the ZTT spirit.

Described by The Quietus in 2010 as “the apex of ZTT’s musical achievement” – ‘A Secret Wish’ remains undoubtedly one of the most satisfying and complete musical statements of the 1980s. Mixing intelligence, passion, state-of-the-art technology, Edgar Allen Poe poetry, twisted love songs, lush soundscapes and future-forward beats it is now rightly spoken about in the same breath as other electronic masterpieces like The Human League’s ‘Dare’, ABC’s ‘The Lexicon Of Love’, ‘Please’ by Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode’s ‘Violator’. Its influence on subsequent generations of electronic musicians, producers and DJs is incalculable.

With ‘A Secret Wish’ and its attendant landmark singles Propaganda achieved genuine global success. While the UK-based ZTT fuelled the fire, the band attracted followings across Europe and North America. Today in 2021, in a new music and technology landscape, their music remains timeless while their legacy endures, continuing to stream in large numbers right across South America, with cities such as Santiago, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo driving consumption and (re)discovery. Argentina – where they reached Number 1 with ‘Wound in My Heart’ – together with Brazil represent 7% of the global audience for Propaganda, while Germany takes 10% to the UK’s 21%.

After the original line up split in 1987, the individual band members of Propaganda pursued various solo projects and musical adventures. Fast forward to the spring of 2018 and Claudia and Susanne reformed as xPropaganda to play two sold out headline shows at The Garage in Islington, London. Having felt creatively inspired by the experience, the duo then reconvened with ‘A Secret Wish’ producer Stephen Lipson to write new music.

The results of these sessions, held over two years, can be heard on the new xPropaganda album ‘The Heart Is Strange’. It represents the first new release on the newly re-launched ZTT label (via UMC) and evokes the spirit and passion of classic Propaganda whilst sounding effortlessly contemporary. With its strident beats and glacial soundscapes offset beautifully by Claudia and Susanne’s expressive, passionate vocals its stand outs include the smouldering, slow burner ‘Chasing Utopia’, the intense, obsessive ‘No Ordinary Girl’ and the jagged pop glory of ‘Don’t (You Mess with Me)’. Over three decades on, all of the promises of ‘A Secret Wish’ are fulfilled once again.

Side One
1. The Night
2. Chasing Utopia
3. Beauty Is the Truth
4. Only Human

Side Two
1. Don’t (You Mess with Me)
2. No Ordinary Girl
3. The Wolves Are Returning
4. Ribbons of Steel


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Condition : Factory sealed from new. This item is unplayed. Click here for more info.
Availability: Sold Out - 'Request Next' to get an email if it comes back into stock.
Year of Release: 2022
Artist: XPropaganda (click here for complete listing)
Title: The Heart Is Strange - Red Vinyl + Art Print - Sealed (click here for more of the same title)
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Format: vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label: ZTT UMC
Catalogue No: XZTTNOVIS1
Country of Origin: UK  
Language: Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Date of Release: 20 May 2022
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EIL.COM Ref No 4QZLPTH791244 (quote this reference in any e-mails, letters, faxes or phone calls to help identify this item)
Barcode : 602438382767
Genres: Avant Garde, Electronica, Female Solo, Synth Pop, ZTT
Related Artists: Act (Propaganda), Andrew Poppy, Anne Pigalle, Claudia Brucken, Claudia Brucken & Andrew Poppy, Dragonheart, M:, OneTwo, Propaganda, Ralph Dorper, The Brain, Thomas Leer
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